U.S. Senator’s Academic Thesis Contains Evidence of Plagiarism

Sen. John E. Walsh, a Montana Democrat, apparently plagiarized parts of his thesis on American Middle East policy, copying large sections from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document without attribution, The New York Times reports.

The thesis, written while Mr. Walsh was completing a master’s degree at the United States Army War College, a graduate-level institution, concludes with six policy recommendations, all of which were copied from the Carnegie document nearly verbatim.

Mr. Walsh said on Tuesday that he didn’t think he had plagiarized the paper, adding, “I didn’t do anything intentional here.”

WASHINGTON – Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man.

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Minority Students Are Less Likely Than Whites to Be Admitted to British Universities

Students from minority backgrounds are less likely to be admitted to British universities than are their white counterparts, new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science shows.

Even when researchers accounted for academic achievement and social class, among other factors, minority students were less likely to be offered admission to British universities that accepted applications in 2008.

Pakistani applicants fared worst, according to the study, receiving seven fewer offers for every 100 applications.

Students from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to receive conditional university offers than comparable white British applicants, research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has shown.

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Governor Seeks Resignations of 2 Alabama State U. Trustees

Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama has asked the chairman and vice chairman of Alabama State University’s Board of Trustees to resign, in the latest skirmish between Mr. Bentley and the historically black institution’s board.

Mr. Bentley, a Republican, requested that the trustees step down a day after the president of Alabama State’s student government called on the same trustees to resign. Mr. Bentley said he had been excluded from receiving a proposed amendment to the university’s bylaws that would, among other things, allow a committee chair to direct the actions of the president.

Gwendolyn Boyd, Alabama State’s president, has also clashed with some members of the board, though she said on Tuesday that the university would “respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved.”

“I have read all of the material from all of the concerned parties, which includes the (ASU SGA) president, our alumni, friends, supporters of the University and Governor Robert Bentley; and we will respectfully continue to move forward as these issues are being resolved,” said Boyd.

Several attempts to reach Dean and Wiggins on Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

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Cal State Cuts Planned Growth in Enrollment for Lack of Funds

The California State University system has lowered its plan to accommodate more students this fall after receiving less than expected in state appropriations, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 23-campus system, which drew 761,000 applications for admission this fall, a 2-percent increase, will be able to enroll 9,900 more students than last fall, but will have to turn away about 10,000 who are qualified to enroll.

Cal State Chancellor Timothy White spoke about the difficulty of balancing access with the need to provide academic support to current students.

“From an integrity point of view, when we open our doors, we want to be able to serve that student. If that means we have to leave another qualified student out, we need to do that, as tough as that may be,” White said.

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5 Academics Are Awarded 2013 National Humanities Medals

President Obama on Tuesday announced the 10 winners of the 2013 National Humanities Medals, which recognize individuals or groups whose work has “deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.”

Among the winners are five people with academic ties: M.H. Abrams, a literary critic who taught at Cornell University for 38 years; David Brion Davis, a…


Ubiquitous Consultant’s Latest Service? Outsourcing Rape Investigations—to Himself

The recent explosion of publicity surrounding cases of sexual assault on college campuses has not been kind to many people in the world of higher education. It has been kind to Brett A. Sokolow.

The influential higher-education consultant has long made a living by advising colleges on risk in an era of risky behavior. Mr. Sokolow’s business, the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, has founded or financed a handful of groups that conduct training sessions on issues that present …


Minnesota Accuses For-Profit Colleges of Misleading Students

Attorney General Lori Swanson of Minnesota has accused two for-profit colleges in a lawsuit of misleading students about job opportunities and whether credits earned at those institutions would transfer elsewhere, the Star Tribune reported.

The lawsuit against Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business, which are held under common ownership, seeks injunctive relief, civil penalties, and restitution. Both institutions operate campuses in Minnesota. Globe also has campuses in Wisconsin …


For-Profit That Took Over 4 Corinthian Campuses Files for Bankruptcy

BioHealth College Inc., a for-profit company that acquired its four campuses from Corinthian Colleges last year, has filed for bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company operates four campuses in California, all of which it acquired from Corinthian in January 2013.

Corinthian Colleges agreed this month to sell the vast majority of its campuses after federal student-aid restrictions imposed by the U.S. Education Department put its financial future in doubt. Corinthian paid BioHealth…


For-Profit Anthem Education May Close Some Campuses

The for-profit company Anthem Education may be on the verge of closing some of its campuses, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The newspaper cites, among other things, the company’s notices of layoffs in four states.

Anthem operates 34 campuses nationally, three of which are in Missouri and have posted banners on their websites announcing that enrollment is closed. An Anthem spokesman told the Post-Dispatch that the company was in financial straits, but he did not confirm that any campuses wo…


Accreditor Won’t Reconsider Decision on City College of San Francisco

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges said on Monday that it would not reconsider its 2013 decision to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation, after an independent appeals panel ordered the commission to review the college’s compliance with accreditation standards.

The commission told the college last year that its accreditation would be rescinded, but last month an appeals panel directed the commission to once again evaluate the college. The commission said …